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5.0 out of 5 stars A soaring fantasy with full blooded intrigue, wit and humour, 21 April 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Lemprière's Dictionary (Paperback)
How on earth does Lawrence Norfolk keep so many threads going in a single story- the writing of Lempriere's classical treatise on Greek mythology, the founding of the East India Company, a beautiful love story between a stolen girl and a bespectacled academic. Racing from Paris to London to Jersey via tall ships and via soaring angelic spirits, this book uses history to springboard into complex fantastical creations. But despite the fantastical soaring, the emotions it portrays of the protagonists as they run through London's grimey 17th century streets, pursued by mythical maniacal monsters, are very much real and had me crying and laughing by turns. An incredible story - like Salman Rushdie's Shame if it had been written by Umberto Eco (if that makes sense!)
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